Apple's iOS 6 Maps miss the landmark, literally

 

 

Apple launched iOS 6 for its family of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices on Wednesday. One of the biggest new features of the mobile operating system is the new Maps app, which replaces the well established and well researched Google Maps app.

While Apple's Map app has some cool features, including 3D city maps based on real photos for some locations, it is also being slammed for lots of seemingly obvious mistakes.

The UK edition of the Huffington Post has listed some of the more glaring errors in the iOS 6 map app. One of the biggest is not showing Stratford Upon Avon, which is the birthplace of a little known playwright called William Shakespeare. Other errors include showing stores on the map that have been closed for years and labeling a 35 acre farm in Ireland as an airfield.

Awareness of the issues is continuing to spread far beyond the tech community and into the top headlines of major news outlets. News of the problems faced by Apple's new mapping software has remained the most read article on BBC News for much of the day.

 

News.com reports that Tom Tom created some of the data for Apple's iOS 6 map application (among a dozen or so companies). A statement from the company said, "We are confident about our map quality, as selling 65 million portable navigation devices across the world and more than 1.4 million TomTom apps for iPhone in the past two years reaffirms this quality."

Update: The Tumblr site, The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, has been busy collecting user-submitted images that show Apple's lack of quality control over the images in the map application. Here is one example, which shows the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, one of the most well known landmarks around the world, that's warped beyond all recognition in the iOS 6 map app.

Here's another example, showing a building on the University of Chicago campus that looks like it's been melted in a big microwave.

Source: News.com | Image via Apple/Huffington Post

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C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

dtourond said,
C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

Yeah, but Google Maps wasn't ever this bad. Apple really dropped the ball on this one. Hopefully they'll pull their heads out of their asses and switch back over to Google Maps.

dtourond said,
C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

Yeah, but Google Maps had a beta tag for how long.....

dtourond said,
C'mon. Give Apple a chance before you bash it. There was a time too when Google Maps looked different and didn't work as well as it does now.

Google Maps was never that inaccurate. Come on I love my iPhone 4 and other Apple products, but you have to admit that Apple Maps is by far the worst app to be released by Apple in a long time (ever?).

Shadowzz said,

Most of Google's products hold a BETA tag.

Exactly, there's a reason for that as well. Remember the woman who tried to sue Google over the walking directions?

PaCpiS said,
Save some headaches and just wait for the .. wait for it ... LUMIA 920

Gotta wait till November, they'll be late to the game considering their current competitors, S3 and iPhone5, are already released ~.~
I'm waiting aswell though, I tried samsungs, HTC's and motorola's over the years. And seen countless of shattered iphone screens and slow as a brick older generation iPhone's. I'm sticking with Nokia. My 6310i still works flawlessly eventhough its been through so much damage and destruction, it should not be working in any way. Drowning a few times, falling from a 3rd story onto concrete, usual drops while on a bike, a 1,5ton car driving over it... Besides a few scratches (most are from opening beer... love nokia for that too being beer openers and all) and 1 missing button. The thing still works!

"We are confident about our map quality, as selling 65 million portable navigation devices across the world and more than 1.4 million TomTom apps for iPhone in the past two years reaffirms this quality."

Yeah, selling a lot of something is evidence that it's good quality. What a iDiot.
As they say, I guess denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

"Give it time"
Wow, the typical apple-programmed answer.

This is all funny, though.
The tumblr page has almost made me **** my pants for LOLing so hard!

It's not just the building, look closely and you'll see that everything seems destroyed with the new Map apps... The data used must be corrupted beyond repair...

that's an half baked app, that's for sure. and it's funny to see that, when Apple does something great everyone praises them; when Apple fails the hardcore fanboiz blame everybody and everyonce, not Apple.

Praetor said,
that's an half baked app, that's for sure. and it's funny to see that, when Apple does something great everyone praises them; when Apple fails the hardcore fanboiz blame everybody and everyonce, not Apple.

Really? I love my iPhone 4 and my other Apple products, but Apple Maps is the worst Maps app I've ever used and the blame is entirely on Apple.
I'm a long time Apple user but this f*ck up has made me seriously considering switching to WP or Android.

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL !! There struggling to keep there head above water! Keep suing everyone for as much money as they can get.. Because from here on in, there screwed! bahahaha!!

Game over!

Regards,
Atari

Dodgy 3D rendering is really the least of the problems in the Apple Maps. I didn't think that Apple would ever release such a piece of ****.

just checked out bing maps after hearing people say it is US only... just to find out its completely false, im looking in brazil right this second and just checked my house out in canada

logicwin said,
just checked out bing maps after hearing people say it is US only... just to find out its completely false, im looking in brazil right this second and just checked my house out in canada
Its not US only, only fools scream that. However navigation and all, is not globally and just a select few countries.

I'm surprised Apple would release something of such low quality. I don't use an iPhone, but it would be a shame if Apple is also heading down a "Get it out the door" policy, rather than waiting till it's perfect.

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